The play entitled Antigone was written by a man named Sophocles, a scholarly author of philosophy and logic. The play Antigone is probably one of the most prominent interpretations of a tragic drama. The two main characters of the play are Antigone and Creon. There is much conflict between Antigone and Creon throughout the play, both of them having their own ideas and opinions regarding divine law versus human law. The theme that I am going to analyze is the conflict of divine law vs. human law. The reason for this is because this theme seems to control the whole play. It is an issue of which law is the "right" law, and if Creon's and Antigone's acts were justifiable.The play Antigone can be summarized by the following: King Creon lets it be known that Polyneices the traitor is not to be buried, but his sister Antigone defies the order because of the values she holds. She is caught, and sentenced by Creon to be buried alive - even though she is to be married to his son Haemon. After the blind prophet Tiresias proves that the gods are on Antigone's side, Creon changes his mind - but too late. He goes first to bury Polyneices, but Antigone has already hanged herself. When Creon arrives at the tomb, Haemon attacks him and then kills himself. When the news of their death is reported, Creon's wife Eurydice takes her own life. Creon ends up being all alone due to the fact that his family members took their own lives. Creon blames himself for all of these tragedies occurring, mainly because it was his wrong doings that caused them.The concept of divine law can be described as the law of God. Divine law involves morals and beliefs that are presented by God. Charles Segal describes the idea of divine law as being the "unwritten laws of the Gods" (Sophocles 64). This type of law is most likely in effect when the idea of morals are apparent, such as when a moral decision must be made. This type of decision would probably be considered right or wrong. Divine law is not only in decisions, but also in the everyday actions of people. Things that are morally "right" are in accordance with the law of God, while things that are morally "wrong" tend to be actions that go against the law of God. Divine law may not apply to those who do not believe in God. Even those who do believe in God may not follow this type of law because they do not think that this law will have any type of impact upon their lives. Most people are very skeptical about whether or not the laws of god are truly upheld. Human law is the type of law that is set up to govern the land and the community. As it is stated on the internet site, Encyclopedia.com, human law can be characterized as "rules of conduct of organized society, enforced by threat of punishment" (Encyclopedia.com "law"). Human law is usually set up by the head of a community or by the governors of the land. This type of law is normally enforced by people known as officers or guards. They make sure that the law of the land is followed accordingly. There are people in communities that do not follow the laws that are put into effect by humans. This is apparent in the play Antigone, when Antigone herself disobeys a law that was set up by King Creon, a law that went against the beliefs she held towards the law of the Gods. The issues between Antigone and Creon is what the whole play is basically all about. Charles Paul Segal wrote in his essay "Sophocles' Praise of Man and the Conflicts of the Antigone" that:The characters, like the play itself, have many levels which fuse organically, sometimes indistinguishably, into a complex unity; and here the confrontations of the two protagonists create an ever-ramifying interplay between interlocking and expanding issues (62).The issues that Antigone and Creon have between them are what ties this whole play together, and the theme is also developed with the use of their issues between each other and what they believe in....
...Antigone: DivineLawvs. HumanLaw
Possibly the most prominent theme in Sophocles' "Antigone" is the concept of divinelawvs. humanlaw. In the story the two brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices have slain each other in battle. The new King Creon, who assumed the throne after Eteocles' death, decrees that because Polyneices committed treason against the king, he shall not be buried, but instead "He shall be left unburied for all to watch
The corpse mutilated and eaten by carrion-birds and by dogs" (Sophocles). Herein lies the dilemma; in Greek culture, the spirit of a body that is not buried by sundown on the day that it died cannot find rest but is doomed to walk the earth.
This is the Crux of the theme, the conflict between the law of King Creon, and the law of the gods. In fact, according to Greek belief, Creon would have been ordained by the gods to be king, and thus, should not his law be their law as well? This is the hurdle that Antigone has to face; should she abide by the law of Creon and leave her brother to rot, under penalty of death? Or should she disregard Creon's edict, follow the law of the gods and bury her brother? Creon is a brother to Jocasta, and thus next in line to become king after...
Possibly the most prominent theme in Sophocles' "Antigone" is the concept of divinelawvs. humanlaw. In the story, the two brothers, Eteocles and Polyneices, have slain each other in battle. The new King, Creon, who was granted the throne after Eteocles' death, proclaims that because Polyneices committed treason against the king, he shall not be buried, but instead "you shall watch him chewed up by birds and dogs and violated" (pg. 168). The root of the theme is the conflict between the law of King Creon, and the law of the gods. This is the obstacle that Antigone has to face, should she abide by the law of government and leave her brother to rot? Or should she disregard Creon's declaration and follow the law of the gods and bury her brother?
On the other side of the argument, the law of the gods’ rules over all, even the king. The punishment for breaking the gods law is not death, but something far more eternal. Since it is the gods will that Creon is king, it is not necessarily their will to punish Polyneices. The Greek gods had human flaws as well and disagreed about many topics. Knowing this about the gods, it is impossible to say that the punishment of Polyneices...
...Antigone: Moral Lawvs Civil Law
When it comes to morality, what is right and wrong based on a person’s personal beliefs, the story of Antigone is a great literary reference towards the internal struggles of an individual’s morality. Antigone chose to attribute herself with moral law instead of Creon’s rash and destructive civil law. Antigone felt that no one had the right to decide another’s fate, let alone the fate of someone else’s deceased body. Antigone believed that her brother deserved a proper burial, although he fought against Thebes he still fought for what he believed in and thought was morally just. Many individuals make decisions depending on their moral standings. No one can say what is morally just or unjust besides the individual themselves that ultimately make the final decisions. The reader quickly discovers that the moral beliefs of Antigone and Creon will clash into an epic battle of courage and moral beliefs.
Antigone devised her own agenda based on her personal standings that she felt was right. She formed a plan of action and she followed through all the way to the end. She was fully aware of the consequences and faced them with courage and passion. Antigone felt that there was injustice in the law and she could not allow her own brother to be punished in...
...Sophocles' Antigone, in its later phases is no longer about the conflict of law; It is about stubbornness and self will, about the sin of refusing to listen; about a man who has never been told.
<br>Conflict of law, presents the initial disturbance within Thebes. Creon, King of Thebes, refuses to bury the body of Polynices, for in his eyes Polynices is his country's enemy' Antigone pg.131. Thus, despite breaking thelaws of the gods, Creon holds his power higher than that of God and heavens and enforces his law. As the story follows, Sophocles expands on the ignorance presented by Creon and Antigone, and it is also found that it is impossible to defeat an ignorant man, or woman in argument. It is this ignorance, that establishes the notion of the sin and punishment that both Creon and Antigone face due to their stubbornness and self will.
<br>Antigone holds her love of family, and respect to the dead, elevated beyond the laws of Creon, whom she believes, has no righteous justification to close his eyes to the honor of the deceased. In her determination to fulfill Polynices' rights, she runs directly into Creon's attempts to re-establish order. This leads to encounters of severe conflict between the dissimilarities of the two, creating a situation whereby both Creon and Antigone expose their stubbornness and...
Sophocles’ Antigone proves that divinelaw is more powerful that humanlaw.
The concepts of divinelaw can portray as the law of God. Divinelaw involves beliefs that are presented by God. The idea of divinelaw as being the "oral laws of the Gods". This type of law is most likely in effect when the idea of morals is apparent, such as when a moral decision must be made. This type of decision would probably be considered right or wrong. Things that are morally "right" are in accordance with the law of God, while things that are morally "wrong" tend to be actions that go against the law of God. Most people are very doubtful about whether or not the laws of god are truly maintained.
Humanlaw is the type of law that is set up to govern the land and the community. Humanlaw is usually set up by the government. There are people in communities that do not follow the laws that are put into effect by humans. This is supposed in the play Antigone, when Antigone herself disobeys a law that was set up by King Creon, a law that went against the beliefs she held towards the law...
..."The law is the law":
An analysis of law and justice in Antigone and Trifles
Dr. Rosa Vallejo
INGL 3012 LI1
March 19, 2011
"The law is the law": an analysis of law and justice in Antigone and Trifles
“Objection!” The lawyer acts quickly in an attempt to disallow a certain piece of evidence. He or she considers the evidence unjust and opposes its use. The lawyer’s opposition may bear fruit in the form of a rejection to said piece of evidence. Much like a lawyer opposes an unjust piece of evidence, the protagonists in Sophocles’s Antigone and Susan Glaspell’s Trifles oppose the law, since they consider it unjust. Their opposition bears fruit as well: the characters end up breaking the law. Yet while their actions are crystal clear, the characters’ motivations are somewhat foggy. Why do they consider the law unjust? What determines the justice of a law? Both Sophocles' Antigone and Susan Glaspell's Trifles coincide: the characters feel the law is unjust because it goes against tradition and unwritten law, and/or takes away something they cannot recover.
If the concepts of justice and law are to be explored, it is only logical that base definitions be established for these concepts. According to the...
Explain the reference to legal principle and relevant case law, the legal aspect of placing the ‘Klick’ clock in the shop window with a price tag attached.
Ann antiques has a rare ‘Klick’ clock on its shop with price tags of €1,000 attached. In spite of its wording the sign in the window does not constitute a legal offer, it is merely an invitation to treat. Invitation to treat is an indication that the person who invite is willing to enter into a negotiation but it is not yet prepared to be bound. This case may be seen in Fisher v Bell (1961). It was held that having switch-blade knives in the window of a shop was not the same as offering them for sale.
Analyze the reference to legal principle and relevant because law, the legal effect of the event that transpired between Ann and Beth ignoring the conversation that took place between Carol and Beth and advice as to whether the valid contract exist between them.
The original invitation to treat at €1,000 was met by an offer from Beth which offers €500 on the ‘Klick’ clock. After Ann received an offer from Beth, Ann made a counter offer on the clock that she would sell €750 for it. It is up to Beth to decide whether to accept the offer or not. A counter offer arises when the offeree tries to change the terms of an original offer.
For example, the Hyde v Wrench (1940) case. In that case, on 6th June, Wrench offered to sell his estate to Hyde for £1,000 but...
3 January 2013
Moral Lawvs. Political Law
The theme of Antigone is the struggle between political law and moral law; the difference of following the law because it is the law and following one’s own morals because you feel it is what is right. The characters in Antigone face this struggle when confronted with Creon’s refusal of a burial for Antigone’s brother Polynices.
The ancient Greeks believed that without proper burial, entrance into the afterlife was forbidden. It is through her own moral standing that Antigone decides that burying her brother is the right thing to do no matter what the consequence. She asks her sister, Ismene, to help her bury Polynices. “You’ll soon show what you are, worth your breeding, Ismene? Or a coward- for all your royal blood.” She quickly discovers she does not have full support from Ismene. We see that Ismene sides more with political law than morals, “Think what a death we’ll die, the worst of all if we violate the laws and override the fixed decree of the throne, its power- we must be sensible. Remember we are women, we are not born to contend with men….so we must submit to this.” We can clearly see here the difference of political lawvs. moral law with the sisters disagreement
When it comes to...